Privacy Reset: UK readies Digital ID Cards for British citizens

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Downing Street plans new digital ID cards for British citizens as Dominic Cummings bids to transform Government’s use of data despite privacy fears

  • People to get online identity that can be used for daily activities like proof of age
  • It comes after issues emerged identifying people during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Some – such as Tony Blair – called for cards to prove ‘disease status’ during crisis

Downing Street is planning new digital ID cards for British citizens as Dominic Cummings bids to transform the Government’s use of data despite privacy fears.

People will get an online identity that can be used for daily activities such as proving ones age, registering with a GP and buying properties from a different location.

It comes after issues emerged in identifying people during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as during the self-employment income support scheme.

The government did not have any details on half of the 2.6million who applied for support at the start of the crisis.

Some – such as Tony Blair – called for new digital ID cards to prove their ‘disease status’ as the world relaxed lockdown measures.

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